The White House on Wednesday took its first public steps to cordon off response efforts to the Russian Federation probe from the day-to-day work of the administration, acknowledging openly that President Donald Trump had hired an outside attorney to handle the swirling controversy. Spicer discussed ongoing possible connections to Jared Kushner and Russians, the president's global trip, and other topics.
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"Mike will assist with the transition and be a strong advocate for the president and the president's policies moving forward", Priebus said.
Dubke previously was a Republican strategist who founded Crossroads Media and had long ties to party establishment figures, including strategist Karl Rove. The position had gone unfilled after campaign aide Jason Miller - Trump's original choice for communications director - backed out of the job in December before the president's inauguration.
However, Trump has privately and publicly pinned much of the blame for his administration's woes on the communications effort.
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The intent was to connect Trump's chief national security adviser at the time, Michael Flynn, with Russian military leaders, a person familiar with the discussions told the AP.
The White House has refused to confirm the claims made by the intelligence sources, telling CNN that its report "is yet another round of false and unverified claims made by anonymous sources to smear the [president]". He arrived in mid-February, a few weeks into Trump's term, and struggled to build alliances with some colleagues on the senior staff, not having worked on Trump's campaign or his transition team.
Daily White House briefings have been dominated by questions about Russian Federation, and Trump's advisers feared the controversy could seep into Trump's foreign trip if he held a news conference.
"We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military".
Asked about the possible changes in Tuesday afternoon's briefing, Spicer said, "I think the president is very pleased with his team".
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